Behind the Scenes at Our Spring Photo Shoot!

At least twice a year, we undertake one of our most fun enterprises at Blaba…
The Catalog Shoot! I (Susan here!) thought I would share the goings on from behind the scenes of our most recent happening.

Once a new collection is created and the products are finalized, we start thinking about how to create lifestyle photos for them. The rainbow pillow and jumbo rattles from our Spring 2017 line are quite graphic and we thought situating them in a 70’s decor would be something fun to do.

Susan: We created a mood board with Kristen Bach our photographer and this inspired the thinking for acquiring props and wardrobe. I always see it as a treasure hunt to create a feel for the photographs. What could be more fun than looking online for vintage kids’ clothes?  For this shoot, the fun search for 70’s kids’ fashion and accessories was underway!  Kristen’s props and styling are always inspirational! One of the favorite aspects of working with her is to see what she comes up with. Slinky glasses. Roller Skates. 70’s gym shorts.

Kristen: Throughout the year I collect pieces that I find from thrift and vintage shops that I know could work with Blabla’s shoots.  Sometimes it takes just one prop to inspire a shoot.  I have a growing collection to choose from.  I have found you can never be over-prepared.

Arriving at the farmhouse where the shoot was to take place, we found Kristen putting last minute touches on painted backdrops.

Kristen: I went to art school for drawing and painting so at my commercial shoots I can’t help to take part in the styling and curating of all of the visual elements that go into each shot.  This shoot I wanted to have a fun pop of pink in the background so I painted a simple pattern on a sheet of backdrop paper.  I feel that the company Blabla pays so much attention in their handcrafted goods that the attention to detail should never be overlooked.

The models show up.  The kids aren’t professional models.  Kids of friends, kids who come into our store, or Kristen’s shop in Athens, GA, Treehouse Kid & Craft,  The kids for this shoot were fantastic! This Mom Jana (wearing bell bottoms totally dressed the part) was a real help in getting the model’s hair just right, teasing it for that 70’s big hair.

This model Josie actually got a bad splinter from the rough wooden farmhouse floors and was off to the doctor straight from the shoot.  She was a trooper while in front of the camera!

                         Little baby brother; Finn with our Pepper doll and new Alpaca Dream Ring… 

We pulled baby girl wardrobe for this beautiful baby based on a photo of its face, not getting crucial gender info, so had to nix the pink tutu’s on the set.  Fortunately, we had unisex onesies for Henry.

Part of Kristen’s talent is her ability to work with the little ones. She is always super patient with the kids.

She comes prepared with camera, styling props, reflector, snacks, water, and usually supplies the models too!

Her daughter Maypop, who has been a face of Blabla since she was 2 years old, just turned 7.  We kinda want her to stop growing up!  But truly a pleasure to see her grow into a beautiful young girl, and always a character in front of the camera.

Kristen: Since we have been working together for 5 (!!!) years I love seeing the growth in my work and in Blabla as a company.  When I started photographing for Blabla,  the product line was mostly just dolls and a couple of hats and booties and now the collections have grown so beautifully!  I love seeing small companies grow and being a part of the magic.  I think it is a perfect match.  I love working for a company that will entertain some of my silly and colorful ideas, that is where the magic happens!

Machu & Picchu want to help the flood victims in Peru!

Because of the recent devastating floods and landslides in Peru, over 90 people have lost their lives, more than 110,000 Peruvians have been displaced and many hospitals and clinics have been destroyed.

Thankfully our artisans are ok, but our hearts go out to all the families in the hundreds of towns, villages, and cities that have been affected. From now through April and May, 20 percent of the profits from the sales of our alpaca dolls, Machu and Picchu, will be donated to Save the Children Peru, a charity with whom Blabla Kids has had a long relationship. Purchase from our website from now until the end of May and 20% will go directly to Flood Relief through Peru.SavetheChildren.org

Tim Arnold “The Silhouette Man” is coming to Blabla!

On April 5th and 6th, the Blabla Shop will be full of shadows because  Tim Arnold “The Silhouette Man” is coming! He will snip and scissor away, creating amazing likenesses of kids, pets, and everything in between!

Get a jump on Mother’s Day, Grandparents Gifts and more!
Tim will be creating the perfect keepsake, cutting each piece
within minutes using ordinary scissors and black paper.
All ages are welcome, and pets too!
Keep in mind that he can also work from photographs!

Call or email for an Appointment!
404.220.8443  |  shop@blablakids.com

Photos from our Valentine Party with Little Lux!

 Our friends Riley and John from Little Lux joined us in the shop last month for a DIY workshop in celebration of Valentine’s Day and the launch of our new Baby Board Books. The weather was perfect and it was a super fun day with the doors open! We had heart balloons, necklace making, a coloring station, story time, and lots of snacks. 

Thank you to everyone for coming out! We hope to see you again soon!

Our Winter Windows…

This week, Laura, our assistant designer, is here to tell us a little bit about the inspiration and process that went into our winter store windows…

For our winter window, we wanted to create a winter wonderland environment for the deer and woodland themed blabla dolls. Including a tiny ice skating pond, a friendly snowball fight, and cheerful snowman. In the mix were abstract diamond ornaments made from paper and delicate paper foliage placed on painted white (and real) tree branches.

Installing the branches

For February, Love is in the Air! Luigi and Lilipop are making valentines and sending letters to their friends all month long.

Inspired by our new board book Peekaboo, Pierre, our Valentine’s window was all about the special heartfelt quality of snail mail and giving one another messages of love and friendship.

Image from Camilla Engman

There was a lot of fun in creating the large paper mache mailbox and hand making each tiny letter and valentine placed to look like they are blowing in the wind.